CHICAGO -- There was a quiet moment during the crazy ninth inning of a 3-2 White Sox victory over the Blue Jays Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field when White Sox first baseman Todd Frazier and Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson had a brief chance to chat."I was telling
CHICAGO -- There was a quiet moment during the crazy ninth inning of a 3-2 White Sox victory over the Blue Jays Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field when White Sox first baseman Todd Frazier and Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson had a brief chance to chat.
"I was telling Donaldson at first, 'That's why we play this game, how fun is this?' And he's like, 'You're right,'" said Frazier with a broad smile after his team's fourth win in five games. "It seems like you've seen everything in baseball until the next day.
"Replay, foul tip, coach got thrown out. It was baseball in a nutshell."
That ninth became more fun for Frazier's team because the Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out, with Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders coming to the plate against White Sox closer David Robertson, and couldn't score. Encarnacion struck out on a perfectly located 3-2 fastball, and Saunders weakly popped out to shortstop Tim Anderson on the next pitch.
Career save No. 100 for Robertson certainly was a memorable one.
"It was tough, it was a grind. I was giving them everything I had and I felt like I was very fortunate to escape that inning without giving up a run," Robertson said. "I definitely made it exciting out there. I wasn't helping myself out much."
"This team, top to bottom, we're dangerous," Blue Jays infielder Darwin Barney said. "That's just who we are. We know we're in the game until it's over, and we had opportunities there. He made pitches, so that's baseball. We got ourselves an opportunity to win a baseball game and unfortunately it didn't go our way."
Barney began the theatrics with one out, when he appeared to foul off a 1-2 pitch. Home-plate umpire Gabe Morales didn't make a clear ruling, and after a few moments of inactivity, Barney eventually raced to first holding the bat, as Robertson sprinted off the mount to corral the baseball.
All four umpires conferred, and the play was ruled a foul ball. Toronto manager John Gibbons argued the call and was ejected by third-base umpire Ted Barrett, not staying around long enough to watch Barney draw the walk.
"He wasn't sure, but I figured 100 percent he fouled it off. I heard it," White Sox catcher Alex Avila said. "The ball changed direction than what would have happened if he missed it in the dirt."
"We're looking for a baserunner. I thought he swung and missed, and now we've got a baserunner," Gibbons said. "As it turned out, Barney wound up getting on, so it all worked out fine. But I thought, yeah, you're not begging for your hitter to strike out by any means, but we're looking for baserunners."
Ezequiel Carrera followed with a single and the bases were then loaded on Donaldson's bad-hop single off of third baseman Tyler Saladino, with replay showing Barney beat Saladino's diving tag to the base. Those wild moments left Robertson to face the Blue Jays' talented three and four hitters, and Robertson came out ahead.
"We had them right where we wanted them," a smiling Avila said. "All the pressure was on them."
"But I thought we had a good shot tonight," Gibbons said. "Those are games you need to win."
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. Brian Hedger contributed to this story.